Like mother, like son!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on Valentine’s Day that they are expecting their second child together. Their son Archie Harrison, who turns 2 on May 6, will soon be a big brother.
The date of their baby announcement is extra special since his late mother Princess Diana officially announced she was expecting her second child — Harry — on Valentine’s Day 1984.
According to an archived Daily Express newspaper from the time, Diana’s pregnancy was made public in a statement from Buckingham palace that said Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were “delighted” by the news, adding that Diana, who was then 22, had “no preference whether it is a boy or girl.”
One headline said it would be “Double the Fun and Double the Mischief” alongside a photo of Prince William, who was 20 months old at the time of the announcement. Diana and Prince Charles welcomed second son Harry on Sept. 15, 1984.
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Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, announced their pregnancy news on Sunday with a stunning black-and-white photo that was taken remotely via iPad by their friend and longtime photographer, Misan Harriman. A smiling (and barefoot!) Harry looks lovingly at Meghan, who cradles her baby bump as she lays in his lap.
“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child,” a spokesperson for the couple told PEOPLE.
The happy news comes after Meghan revealed she suffered a miscarriage last July. “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote in a searingly honest and heartbreaking New York Times essay on Nov. 25.
A long-awaited statue to honor Diana is set to be installed on July 1, what would have been her 60th birthday. William, 38, and Harry issued a rare joint statement last August announcing that the statue will stand in the garden of their mother’s former home, Kensington Palace, and help people “reflect on her life and legacy.”